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FDA approves Sun’s generic Protonix

BY Drew Buono

MUMBAI, India Sun Pharma has received an approval from the Food and Drug Administration to launch a generic version of the Wyeth and Altana Pharma AG heartburn and anti-ulcer drug Protonix.

Pharma and Teva now share a 180-day exclusive marketing right to launch the drug, which saw annual sales exceed $2 billion in the U.S. market.  Wyeth and Atlana Pharma AG have sued the two companies over patent infringement based on their applications to market a generic for Protonix before the patent expired on July 19, 2010.

A week ago, the New Jersey District Court had dismissed a petition filed by Wyeth and Altana AG for a temporary injunction to prevent launch of the generic version of Protonix (pantoprazole delayed-release tablets).

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House, Senate pass patent reform bills; industry opposes

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives has passed the Patent Reform Act by a vote of 220-175.

Along with its Senate counterpart, S. 1145, industry leaders have viewed the bill as a means of making the pharmaceutical industry a “much more friendly place for infringers,” said Biotechnology Industry Organization president and chief executive officer Jim Greenwood.

The organization opposes the bill because, it “puts a risk a whole host of innovators,” said Greenwood.  The Bush administration has concerns over the bill regarding limiting court discretion over awards and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association also has concerns over the bill according to president and chief executive officer Kathleen Jaeger.

The administration on Monday had criticized a provision changing how damages are calculated in infringement suits, criticizing the limiting of courts in determining damages. “Making this change to a reasonably well-functioning patent legal system is unwarranted and risks reducing the rewards from innovation—a result that would undercut the other useful reforms in this bill,” it said in a statement.

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Novelos patents proprietary oxidized glutathione structure

BY Drew Buono

NEWTOWN, Mass. Novelos Therapuetics announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had issued a patent number for a compound named NOV-002.

“This most recent addition to our IP portfolio further strengthens Novelos’ proprietary position in the oxidized glutathione field in general and, in particular, around the structure of NOV-002,” said Christopher Pazoles, Ph.D, vice president of research and development of Novelos. “It will also allow us to expand our pipeline to include additional compounds based on this structural motif.”

This is Novelos lead compound in Phase 3 trial for non-small cell lung cancer.  Novelos is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development of remedies for cancer and hepatitis.

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